Premier League stars are reportedly being briefed on new, draconian measures to allow football to return behind-closed-doors.
Those working within football and fans across the UK are desperate for the sport to return, with the government now detailing all their plans under the ‘Project Restart’ programme.
A number of different ideas on how competitive football can return amidst the coronavirus pandemic have been portrayed in the past few weeks but there now seems to be one which is being favoured by the majority.
It’s the ‘hotel lockdown plan’, which would see a Premier League team occupy a nominated hotel for up to six weeks in order to fulfil their remaining nine fixtures – some teams have 10 games left.
The away side would then travel and occupy a separate section of the hotel for a short duration and that would then be deep cleaned after they had checked out.
The Mirror report that this is the most likely plan at this stage and on the face of it, it seems by far the most logical.
As long as the players are briefed and prepared to spend weeks in a hotel, then the solution to the crisis looks as if it’s a goer.
Under ‘Project Restart’, clubs are also optimistic that they will be able to use their own stadiums, although The Times report that only certain ‘approved locations’ will be designated in a vote at the beginning of May.
There are also rumours that club training grounds and St George’s Park could be used to host games when the season does get back underway.
It is hoped that the Premier League can resume on June 8, with teams returning to training in May to get back up to speed.
The government are aware of the need for football to return to lift the national mood and the Mirror state there is growing optimism that it will be returning sooner rather than later.
Let’s hope they’re right!
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